Congress recommends ethics probe of Grimm
WASHINGTON— An independent advisory office has recommended that the House Ethics Committee investigate charges that a New York congressman threatened to harm a television reporter, but the bipartisan House panel has deferred action, according to documents released Wednesday.
The incident in question involved Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. Grimm, a second-term lawmaker who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, was indicted in April on separate federal tax evasion charges to which he has pleaded not guilty.
After President Barack Obama finished delivering his State of the Union address in January, Grimm was captured on camera threatening to throw the reporter off a balcony after an interview in which the journalist had asked Grimm about an FBI probe into his campaign finances. The reporter, Michael Scotto, worked for NY1, a New York City cable news channel.
“There is substantial reason to believe that Representative Grimm threatened a reporter with bodily harm and engaged in a threatening or menacing act that created a fear of immediate injury, in violation of the D.C. code and House rules,” said a report by the Office of Congressional Ethics.